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2024

A cycling adventure from the Greater Caucasus to the Bosphorous Strait

RIDERS AND STAFF

Tim Millikin

Tour Leader

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Tim Millikin

Tour Leader
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I cycled around the world between 2015-2018 covering 46500km and 39 countries. I am a keen adventure cyclist and love to see what is around each corner. I have worked for TDA in Romania, Africa, Europe and Morocco and I look forward to guiding you again soon

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Rachael Trowton

Medic

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Rachael Trowton

Medic
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I will be joining the tour as a medic, I am a junior doctor in the NHS currently working in the beautiful south of Yorkshire. After a busy couple of years in the hospital, I am looking forward to stretching my legs in the fresh air, seeing more of the world, and helping keep our cyclists on the tour happy and healthy through the ride. I have done a number of cycle tours over the years including through the UK, Europe and Vietnam and I have definitely got the cycling bug from them!

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Ben Murgatroyd

Tour Leader Trainee

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Ben Murgatroyd

Tour Leader Trainee
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Having worked for the past 8 winters as a wilderness guide in Finnish Lapland, and traveling for the coinciding summers, covid bought my lifestyle to an abrupt halt. Not one to be deterred, I moved up to stunning Scotland in my van, studying to become a furniture maker in a workshop full of laughter and creativity. But the itch to travel always needs scratching, so I'm very excited to join the tour to see another part of our beautiful planet and all it has to offer, smiling all the way!

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Chef

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Mitchell Kadelbach

Chef
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

Something of a British Canadian mongrel, raised in Toronto and currently awaiting judgement day in the UK's Southwest. I first cut my teeth as a chef in Toronto's fast-paced restaurant scene, specialising in Italian and Mexican cuisine. But really grew in to my own, after I started traveling, seeing drawing connections, conjuring up my own fusions, and getting to grips with real french cuisine in France. In 2018, I completed the Silk Route tour with TDA as the tour chef. and then returned to the region in 2022 on TDA's Trans-Caucuses. Working for TDA is truly a dream come true, as I never stop savouring the opportunity, overland across continent, tasting cuisine, drinking in the sights and sounds, learning languages and laughing with locals. I hope to engaged more openly with my travels by, recording and photographing the outlandish and irregular natural and cultural realms, eventually capitalising on my journalism undergrad.

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic
Tbilisi to Istanbul

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears. Juggling bike spares & Humans Habits to create Bicycle Tours that function in crazy locations. See you guys at the next Wild location.

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator
Tbilisi to Istanbul

I remember the first time I had tears of joy running down my cheeks on a descent, and screaming every syllable of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights' to endure the pains of a full day in the headwind. This might just be one of mine, but you'll experience plenty, beautifully weird 'joys of riding' of your own, and when those happen, I'm your man. To tell your story, your adventure. Or you might just want a cool looking picture of you and some mountains. See you out there, Rouleurs. Live Slow, Ride Fast.

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Kim Wright

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Australia

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Murray Beare

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Murray Beare

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

Rode from Tuk to Fort St John on the NA Epic 2109. Looking forward to travelling farther afield. TDA is the way to do it.

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Peter Cox

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Peter Cox

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

Retired Paediatric Critical Care MD; Worked with MSF and other NGOs since then. Rode Cairo to Cape Town 2019

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Paul Paridaen

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Paul Paridaen

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

I am 65 yrs old. My spouse Bonnie and I did the last half of the TDA in 2008 and my son Matthew and I did the first half of the TDA in 2011. I love exploring our beautiful world from the seat of a bicycle. I was hoping to do the Silk Road this year, and I am very excited about the Trans- Caucasus this August.

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Lizz Hale

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Lizz Hale

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Avid cyclist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This will be my second trip with TDA.

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Kelley Hale

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Kelley Hale

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

"Capricorn. Avid cyclist. Gluten-full. And a hundred percent jazzed to meet you."

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

This will be my third TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016. I’ve done many other long distance cycling trips, including across the US in 2017.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

New Zealand

There are so many interesting places to travel to, and I can't think of any better way to travel through anywhere, than by bike. I enjoy the challenge it brings and I look forward to going to the more out of the way locations. I enjoy travel, and I love cycling so am looking forward to combining them both again on this trip. My first TDA trip was Madagascar in 2019, I did the Trans-Caucasus in 2022, and I can’t wait to do another trip with TDA. The Silk Road has always inspired me, and does daunt me at the same time, but I look forward to experiencing what it has to offer.

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Michael Howard

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Michael Howard

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

A cyclist on and off for many years. I started when I was 14. I rode a section from Sudan to Ethiopia 2014 and Rute De Maya 2015, plus Tanzania to Namibia, plus Kyrgyzstan,, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Now I am looking forward to the great ride Georgia and Turkey in August 2022. I still work, why retire? Keep healthy to live a long life

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Benedicte Therien

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Benedicte Therien

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

I have been cycling all around the world solo or duo (Cuba, France, West Africa, Patagonia, Balkans, S-E Asia, etc..). First organized tour ever was North American Epic in 2019 (northern part and central America). Liked it so much, here I am super excited to bike the Trans Caucasus with you

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb. I rode Cairo to Babati plus Vic Falls to Cape Town in 2018/19/20 and look forward to completing the Babati-to-Vic-Falls portion.

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Switzerland

Born in 1957. Fan of every kind of cycling.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

Looking forward to slowly making my way across Europe with a fabulous group of people.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

I am a retired public health nurse and live in Juneau, Alaska. I rode the Orient Express tour in 2019, the Great American Road Trip in 2021 and the Trans-Caucuses tour in 2022 with my husband Neil.

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Hanne Renland

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Hanne Renland

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Norway

I discovered this fascinating lifestyle in 2017 as a section rider on Tour d'Afrique Egypt-Rwanda. My fascination of this way of riding/living made me cycle through Norway in 2017 and 2019 and through Tanzania November 2017. In 2018 I did West-Africa, an extraordinary fascinating tour. I live in a small town in the nothern part of Norway, where I work as a psychologist. Beside my work I am running an aid project in the south-west of Tanzania.

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

New Zealand

Hi im a 64 yearold Farmer from Christchurch New Zealand. Enjoy cycling NZ cycle trails and have completed to Escape Adventures tours to Madagaser and China.Looking forward to the journey and challenge TDA cycle tour will bring.

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Gerry Newton

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Gerry Newton

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

I've toured in North America, Central America, Europe, and SE Asia

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Jonna Koch

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Jonna Koch

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Denmark

I feel alive when I am riding on my bike. At home in Denmark I ride flat so I prefer to ride in the mountains when I am cycling abroad. This will be my third trip with TDA. I did the Trans-Himalaya in 2019 and the Kingdom of the West in Morocco in 2022.

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Tim Millikin

Tour Leader

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Kim Wright

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Murray Beare

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Peter Cox

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

Paul Paridaen

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Golden Buddha will be my 5th ride with TDA.

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

Canada

This will be my 11th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden all or part of the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique, the Trans Oceania, the Odyssey, the North American Epic and the Great American Roadtrip . I retired seven years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and travelling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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John Hopper

Rider

Tbilisi to Istanbul

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John Hopper

Rider
Tbilisi to Istanbul

United Kingdom

I rode my first tour of England and Wales at the age of fourteen, solo and unsupported. Since then the bike has always been part of my life. Audaxing in my fifties took me on Paris-Brest-Paris (2003 and 2007) and London-Edinburgh-London (2005). Retirement in 2013 enabled me to return to solo touring – much of Europe and Australia plus several visits to New Zealand . I look forward to enjoying your company on the ride.

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"It's a cyclists utopia. These trips are about being on your bike and experiencing far off lands one pedal stroke at a time while creating lasting friendships through shared experiences and some hard work. Good Times!"

"You will be very proud of yourself for completing this difficult (mentally and physically) tour. The scenery is gorgeous, the cultures interesting, the weather and roads challenging. It is quite an adventure!"

"The Canada-based company is known for creating some of the most daring and dramatic long distance bike rides in the business. This one, which goes from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Türkiye, is one of them."

OVERVIEW TRANS-CAUCASUS 2024


  • FULL TOUR
  • TRANS-CAUCASUS
  • TBILISI TO ISTANBUL
  • AUG 20 TO SEP 18
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TRANS-CAUCASUS
    • TBILISI TO ISTANBUL
    • AUG 20 TO SEP 18
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$TBA if full payment is received 5 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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